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Lymphoma Awareness Day a reminder of need for more research into forgotten cancers

Saturday 15 September, 2012

World Lymphoma Awareness Day (15 September) is a reminder that for the 1,312 Victorians diagnosed with lymphoma each year, further research is needed.

Cancer Council Victoria Chief Executive Officer, Todd Harper, said the causes of lymphoma were not yet known.

"Sadly, 386 people in Victoria die from lymphatic cancers each year. It is absolutely critical that we improve our understanding of less common cancers, including lymphomas, and their causes, so we can be in a better position to prevent these cancers and support people who are diagnosed in the future," he said.

Cancer Council Victoria is currently undertaking a research project into less common cancers entitled the Forgotten Cancers Project and is calling on Victorians over 18 years of age who have been affected by one of these cancers to participate in the study.

"By discovering which lifestyle and genetic factors increase the risk of less common cancers, we also hope to generate information to inform better prevention strategies to reduce people's risk," Mr Harper explained.

Paul Baden, 58, was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in 2005 and underwent a bone marrow transplant later that year. He called on people with lymphoma to assist Cancer Council Victoria.

"If you have experienced a less common cancer, including any of the lymphatic cancers, you can help Cancer Council Victoria by completing an online survey and providing a saliva sample," he said.

"It's really important Cancer Council Victoria researchers learn more about lymphatic cancers so they can develop prevention, support and treatment programs to help people diagnosed in the future."

Full details on the Forgotten Cancers project, including the online survey, can be found on the Forgotten Cancers website.

Mr Harper encouraged anyone (including family and friends) requiring support or information about any type of cancer to contact the Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20 and speak to one of our experienced cancer nurses.